Foods to calm your body and skin
When you’re stressed, your body releases a surge of hormones, including cortisol which can reduce your immunity, give you digestive problems and can even increase heart disease. Not to mention the affect it can have on your skin!
Cortisol breaks down collagen – the protein that keeps skin firm and plump, meaning that you are more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. It also increases the production of sebum, a natural oil that lubricates your skin. When too much is produced it can lead to blockages that cause break-outs.
Here’s some tips on foods that have a calming effect to avoid high stress levels and reduce the amount of cortisol in your system:
Chamomile tea has a great soothing effect and has been found to significantly reduce anxiety levels. As well as calming nerves, chamomile also helps promote sleep so perfect to have a cuppa before bed time!
Asparagus are high in folate, which is essential for keeping your cool. Add them to salads or as a side veggie.
Avocado’s contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. A single serving has plenty of B vitamins too.
All berries, including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress.
Cashews are a good source of zinc – low levels of zinc have been linked to anxiety. Since our bodies have no way of storing zinc, it’s important to get some every day.
The magnesium in these leafy greens help balance your body’s production of cortisol. Try tossing the spinach with a citrus-based fruit for a delicious salad loaded with vitamin C.